Sunday, February 28, 2016

Restart

Back from two weeks at Tripler and I am feeling fine. So I restart all the blogs, just taking my time. They all dropped in average hits per day but that was to be expected. This one should be back in the 20 hits per day in a week or so. The magic number is still 33 average hits per day which is 1000 hits per month. Hard to achieve with only SOS. That is island of Oahu communication! Any body even close to that?

"It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies
on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the
depth, where few are willing to search for it."


"Yes, it is only a dream."

Hopefully we will get more hits when we are able to give the readers more local dance information. Perhaps a new dance club would take advantage of the social media available in blogging and it is all for free. And it is mostly for the dancers on the Island of Oahu. Hopefully too, we can find a place to keep introducing the Oldies but Goodies music, the Classics that we all know and love. This blog still remains everyone's chance to get your two cents in.

"A Song For You" by Jimmy Borges


If we missed anyone that wanted in, it was not intentional, please let us know. Suggestions are still welcomed and we have our hopes for feedback. We know only what our counters tell us and "Blogger" provides the service to us for free. We do not copyright anything that we publish. We borrow freely from everyone and they borrow freely from us. If at any time someone objects please let us know in writing and we will apologize and promise to never, ever bother them again.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


It is also unfortunate the way we run things in our dance world on Oahu. Is there a difference in Oligarchy and Democracy? If so which one are we closer to in our dance clubs. For all the other good people out there, our sincerest thanks. We work together for the benefit of everyone. Hopefully everyone will understand that that is the name of our game. Yes, there will always be naysayers.

We dance to live, we dance to breathe,
we dance to be free, we dance to be us,
while some try to make us something else. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Transition

We finally made the decision that Town Dancer has to go, one way or the other. They have had two Guest Authors but no others have volunteered in several years. With SOS, the hits stagnate and we believe completely that the reader/dancers should make the decision. I no longer can handle. The readers have made the decision and we should accept it.

"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending
a love letter to the world." ~Mother Teresa

Not only that but the average hits per day for all the blogs remaining are still over the magic 133 per day. That equals to 4000 hits per month. This is on very solid ground for anyone would like to share their dance information with their fellow dancers. Once at 30 hits per day, any blog will be cruising and I and my fellow Guest Authors can add all the widgets it needs. The most important for now is the Information Contributors and all they have to do is email, the information and photos. Easy,


"Three Coins In The Fountain" by the Four Aces

With enough Information Contributors it can get to the next phase in average hits per hits per day and another plateau. Then the Contributing Editors is the one that will do the the trick. The Guest Author of course will be the topping on the cake.Anyone that can say a few things of interest for the dancers is welcomed by the readers. And they can open, write, post photos and close the blog on their own, anytime they wish.


The blog that can get enough Guest Authors to present a diverse opinion on the status of our dance world can run a blog to over 100 average hits per day (3000/month) and that is about all we can wish  for. I don't really know but I would guess that the law of diminishing returns would kick in about that time.We continue to prune, and slowly evolving a good group interested in enjoying and sharing the fun pictures with their fellow dances. We will also respect the wishes of those that want to be included out.

"Praise is a device for making a person deserve it."

Pub's Note: Meanwhile I wish to congratulate and thank all the reader/dancers of this blog and the Information Contributors, you sure have done a good job we just need more of you.


Friday, February 12, 2016

The Philippines

By Leah Gallin who writes for The Guest List Club in the Philippines:

There are many reasons tourists might want to plan a trip to the Philippines.  The people are extremely hospitable, the food is amazing, and the price is right. On top of that there are all kinds of natural wonders to explore, from dormant and active volcanoes, to beautiful white-sand beaches, to tropical forest preserves full of exotic animals.

"The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors,
but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things."

In short, this island nation has just about everything the seasoned traveler could want, including stunning vistas, excellent cuisine, and plenty of options for lodgings and entertainment.

"Dahil Sa Yo"

But while a few days at a beach side resort on a fairly remote island could give you the solitude and relaxation you’re looking for, eventually you’re going to get antsy for a little activity to spice things up. In this regard, the Philippines can also deliver, although you may have to go to one of their bigger cities, depending on what you’re looking for.  However, when it comes to night life, there are a lot of options for the traveler seeking some fun.

"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey


Ballroom dancing. You may be surprised to discover that this activity is hugely popular in the Philippines. If you went ahead and learned some fancy footwork for your wedding, you’ll have the opportunity to show your moves on the dance floor since many hotels have weekend ballroom dancing (their hotels actually use the ballrooms for their intended purpose). Most also provide instructors for those who need lessons before hitting the floor.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw


Night Clubs. If you think ballroom dancing is for your parents, then perhaps you’d be more comfortable on the club scene.  Surprisingly, most are found in (or connected to) the major hotels in any given locale. Although you may have to head to major urban centers to discover kitschy clubs, you can no doubt dance the night away to some club-thumping house beats or the latest from Lady Gaga right in your own hotel.

Ask anyone who has been here. They will tell you. Mabuhay.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Too Many, Part Two

By Jaycee Fukumoto, Waimanalo

Throughout her life Isadora Duncan amazed and scandalized many. Isadora dreamed of having a school of modern dance, and although it did become a reality, money was always an issue. Although Isadora's dance was full of joy, she had many tragedies in her life, including the deaths of her children.  Isadora died tragically in a car accident, but her dancing will be forever remembered.

"A dance club that wants to succeed, will need to have their members see them as reliable, dependable, credible,
helpful, respectful, open, responsive and honest."

I did not know very much about Isadora Duncan's personal life. It was fascinating.  Honestly, Isadora came off as a little overbearing, which might have been intentional.  She did have very strong points of views and wasn't especially interested in hearing otherwise.  She did what she wanted.

"Til I Waltz Again With You"
by Theresa Brewer

She didn't let anyone talk her out of something she wanted to do, even if it might be ill advised. Isadora Duncan was a very strong woman. She would have to be, to dance the way she did during that time, ignoring what people said about her because she felt the truth in what she did. A beautiful fascinating life and Modern Dance remains at its elevated plain to this very day.

"Aloha No Kalakaua" by Amy Hanaiailii


If I don't condone competition dancing I certainly cannot discourage it. Anyone that would like to get into competition dancing should go for it. I simply ascertain that the real universal social dance is, the music "First" then the movement to the music. Dancing without music is not it. And that is being taught every day in studios all over the US.

"We dance because there is no greater feeling in the world than moving to a
beautiful piece of music and just letting the rest of the world go by." 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

What's Doin'

Central Valley dancing remains the puzzle because Wahiawa is holding up the Fort almost single handed with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and with Dot's in Wahiawa.. There is some Salsa in Milllani but we don't know much about it. The hope is that there will be something in the Waikele or Waipio area, mow that the Pavilion has been cancelled to pay for the Rail Disaster.

"The casual conversational tone of a blog is what makes it particularly dangerous."


There is already some dance action in Whitmore Village, but it seems like they wish to keep it a private affair and we concur that they have the absolute right. So we have to seek and find those that are willing to share their information with their fellow dancers.. If they don't have a Web site, then they can surely use our help.

"When I Fall In Love" by Melveen Leed

Then the North Shore has been long overdue. Doris tried to teach some kind of dancing when she lived in Waialua but went back to the Mainland some years back. And I believe they have some kind of line dancing in Haleiwa. This blog may eventually trip on some of these and that will get it going good. The prospects are beginning to look better. Not conclusive, just better. They had Salsa but we have not heard anymore on it.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream)" by the Chordettes

Generally, most dancers just want to have some fun. moving to music with some resemblance of regularity. Very basic movements that a man finds easy to lead and a woman finds easy to follow. Each dancer dances a different half of the dance but that is the pleasure of it all when it comes together just right. That is also why fads find it hard to get into Cultural Dance. We can all learn how to do tricks but we also know that is not our kind of dancing, "that's show business,"

Our social dancing in West Oahu melds very nicely with the American Style of Dance. Now Street dance, more formally known as vernacular dance, is an umbrella term used to describe dance styles that have evolved outside of dance studios in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, cafeterias, and nightclubs. Good basic dancers here.

"I Will Remember You" by Andy Williams

Most are not interested in getting into any type of International competitions with any kind of exactness. These dances generally evolve out of urban and suburban spaces in some form of underground culture/region as in all of Hawaii. They are a part of the vernacular culture of that geographical area. This is as if they were folk dances, although since the advent of the internet, the dances seem to be shared among people with the same musical interest island wide. Fifty years ago the Double Blues were danced throughout the Islands.

We are getting some good opinions in these blogs. Yours are just as important
and unique. Give it a whirl, many of us will appreciate it.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Competition Dance, Part One.

By Ray Ogawa, Honokai Hale

Historically, American style ballroom (called Smooth) was developing on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean during the same period as English style ballroom (called Modern) was developing near the east side of the Atlantic.

"If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their
own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others,
 we could have a paradise in a few years."

There seems to be no conflicts in that statement and there was probably some cross fertilization. Jive and Fox Trot are American not English. For that matter, Waltz is not English either. But in dancing there has always been a lot of independent development.

"Song For You"
by Jimmy Borges

Competition seems to have started to dominate the development of English style fairly early (1920s). And in order to be judged, the "correct" way to dance the English style had to be established. Today they have the strictest of rules and all with good reason. All the dancers will be judged by the same rules.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz.

American style was more rooted in social dancing as taught by the Arthur Murray studios and later the Fred Astaire studios and a desire to emulate the stage and screen dancing as epitomized in the Fred Astaire movies.  Consequently, ballroom dancing was much affected by Show Business. And that has given the rise to a different view, the not so fancy Social Dancer, mainly in Night Clubs. And they will dance to the music of their  choice.


"Kau I Ka Hano Ka Wahine" by Amy Hanaialii

You can generally trace many open American style foxtrot figures to things that Fred and Ginger did in various choreographed sequences in their movies. In fact, because of those movies, there was probably more influence of American style on English style than vice versa. But now there is a new version of Social Dancing on Oahu and the dancers will have their say.


(Part two is in Dancing Nights Blog.)

"Yes, we can be creative in anything - in math, science, philosophy -
as much as we can in music or in painting or in dance."